Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:47
TPOs and LIsted Buildings are not things the council will overlook - they will knwo about them (they probably initiated them in the first place) and they have to take them into account. Developers can usually plan the development to work around features such as this and incorporate them into the development, so they wouldnt necessarily prevent the permission being granted.
As someone has pointed out, there is a presumption in favour of development, and the fact that lot of local people don't like it is not in iteslf enough enough to prevent it. People almost always oppose new housing developments close to where they live, but there is an urgent need for more housing, so councils need valid "plannng reasons" if they are to reject an application. Otherwise it will just get taken to appeal and the Government inspector will overrule the Council.
The Council will have a Local Development Plan covering the coming years, and if this land is earmarked for housing on this plan, it's likely to go ahead in some form. I don't think the Parish Council can prevent it - as far as I know their role is just advisory.
It is still worth getting involved, though - in a similar case in our village, local people had some input into the final design and density of a housing development, and to the provision of footpaths, car parking, play areas, etc, as well as to the preservation of natural features and protection for wildlife. You may not be able to prevent it entirely, but you could still make a difference.